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NTSB: Loose Joint Caused Train Derailment that Killed Man in Texas

A loose, improperly fastened rail joint led to a 2017 derailment in a North Texas rail switching yard that killed a worker, the National Transportation Safety Board has found. A misaligned rail joint allowed the flange of a freight car …

Schools, Homes Evacuated After Illinois Derailment, Fire

A freight train believed to be bearing a flammable liquid used in solvents derailed Tuesday in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis, causing a fire that sent thick, black smoke into the air and prompted the evacuation of nearby schools …

Union Pacific Worker In Texas Dies, Pinned Between Tankers

Investigators say a Union Pacific worker has died after being pinned between two railway tanker cars in Southeast Texas. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Travis Andrepont of Louisiana was killed before dawn Tuesday in Beaumont. Officials didn’t immediately …

Widow of Wyoming Train Crash Victim Files Wrongful Death Suit against Union Pacific

The widow of a Union Pacific engineer who died in a train crash in southern Wyoming has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Jason Martinez’s widow, Sheila Martinez, claims the company was negligent …

Train Derails in Texas, Sends Freight Cars into Backyards

A freight train derailment in the center of a small North Texas town sent freight cars smashing into a resident’s backyard. The 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9 smashup in downtown Aubrey, Texas, involved a Union Pacific train of one locomotive and …

Last Year’ Fiery Iowa Derailment Caused by Broken Rail, Poor Repairs

Federal investigators determined that a broken rail caused the fiery 2017 train derailment in northwest Iowa that released 322,000 gallons of ethanol. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that Union Pacific’s maintenance was inadequate before the March 2017 derailment …

Cleanup Costs of Oregon Train Derailment Along River Pilling Up

Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is …

Widow of Oregon Man Killed In SUV-Train Crash Files Suit Against Union Pacific

The wife of one of two people killed when a freight train struck an SUV at a rural crossing in Oregon seeks $2.7 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against Union Pacific and several workers. The suit alleges there were …

Union Pacific Ordered to Pay Nebraska-Based Injured Worker $350K

Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to pay $350,000 to a long-time employee who was disciplined after reporting an injury, but the railroad plans to appeal. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …

Lawsuit Against Union Pacific over Texas Veterans Parade Crash Begins

A freight train that slammed into a parade float two years ago, killing four veterans and injuring 16 other people, came within 39 inches of missing the trailer, attorneys for both sides told a West Texas jury. A Midland County …